The IGS UK is the UK chapter of the International Geosynthetic Society.

The aims of the IGS UK chapter are to collect and distribute knowledge about geosynthetics & their applications by facilitating conferences, symposiums, evening presentations & research in order to promote the advancement of the state of the art of geosynthetics & to improve the communication and understanding of geosynthetic products between designers, manufacturers and users of the products.

Upcoming Events

IGS UK: Geocell Retaining Structures @ University of Manchester
Jan 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Title: Geocell Retaining Structures
Speaker: Richard Heritage, ABG Ltd.

JOINT MEETING with University of Manchester

Sackville Street
M1 3WE
5.30pm for 6.00pm

Geocells – also known as cellular confinement systems – are typically made from high strength polymer or dense needlepunched non woven geotextile in a ‘honeycomb’ structure which is backfilled with site won or imported soil. First developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1975, geocells were devised for building tactical roads over soft ground. This was then extended to stacking several geocells to create miltary bunkers filled with locally won soils to prevent blast or ram raiding during enemy attack.

Geocells have been developed for the civil market in a variety of applications including retaining stuructures – as a form of mechanically stabilised earth wall. A geocell retaining wall is constructed by stacking panels of cells on top of one another, sometimes in combination with geogrid reinforced soil where the geocells act as a flexible facing element.Geocell retaining structures can offer a number of significant benefits to traditional solutions; allowing the re-use of site won material, ease of construction with a flexible finish, significant cost savings, and environmental benefits from a green finish and reduced carbon footprint.

This presentation will look at the methods and considerations necessary in the design process for using geocell retaining walls, will discuss considerations for construction, and the advantages and disadvantages of using geocell retaining walls in different situations as told through various case histories.

About the Speaker:
Richard provides design solutions and undertakes ongoing research at ABG Geosynthetics Limted. Richard has 15 years experience as a geotechnical engineer primarily in New Zealand and the UK as well as across the globe. Richard has significant experience with seismic geotechnical engineering working in Christchurch, New Zealand after the 2010/2011 earthquakes.

Event Flyer: TBC

IGS UK/YGG: Design methods for geosynthetics used for erosion of channels and river banks @ University of Sheffield, The Diamond Building
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Rankine Lecture: Design methods for geosynthetics used for erosion of channels and river banks
Speaker: David Shercliff, ABG.

JOINT MEETING with Yorkshire Geotechnical Group
Tuesday 5th February 2019
University of Sheffield, The Diamond Building, 32 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, S3 7RD.

refreshments from 6.00pm for 6.30pm start

The design of geosynthetics used in erosion control on river and channels has evolved over the last 50 years and much empirical experience has been gained. Geosynthetics filters have developed to meet the demands of an often harsh environment placed on a wide range of soils. Academic studies have developed an equally wide range of complex filter rules. However designers do not always have the luxury of time to mount a sophisticated soil investigation and then to select the ideal filter. This presentation seeks to offer some practical design rules and tables, including recently published geosynthetic selection tools published by the Dutch authorities. Reference is also made to the concept of a managed overtopping of embankments and the need for reinforced engineered vegetation.

See Flyer (YGG Flyer): 050219 – Flyer – YGG – Erosion

IGS UK/EMGG: Engineering Performance Assessment of a Reinforced Soil Retaining Wall Founded on Unstable Ground @ Loughborough University (School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

IGS UK & The East Midland Geotechnical Group (EMGG) Joint Meeting:

Tuesday 19th February 2019

Engineering Performance Assessment of a Reinforced Soil Retaining Wall Founded on Unstable Ground

Speakers: Bo Zang (Golder Associates)


Location: Loughborough University (School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering), LE11 3TU

Notification: TBC

MGS: The use of geosynthetics in environmental applications @ The University of Birmingham
May 13 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

The use of geosynthetics in environmental applications

Speaker: Dr Russell Jones, Golder Associates

JOINT OPEN MEETING with the Midland Geotechnical Society (MGS)
Monday 13th May 2018

Time: Tea, Coffee and Sandwiches from 18:15, Lecture commences at 19:00.

Location: Lecture Theatre G31 in the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Building (no. 8 on the Edgbaston Campus Map), The University of Birmingham, B15 2TT

Event Flyer: TBC

IGS UK/IStructE: Bituminous geomembranes: their use in military contexts, historical perspectives @ Institution of Structural Engineers
May 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Bituminous geomembranes: their use in military contexts, historical perspectives

Speaker: Eugene Gallager, Bill Craig and Sam Hunt

JOINT OPEN MEETING with the History of Structural Engineering Study Group of the the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Tuesday 14th May 2018

Time: Tea & Coffee from 17:30, Lecture commences at 18:00.

Location: Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS

Event Flyer: TBC

IGS UK/BGA Invitational 2019 @ Institution of Civil Engineers
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

19th BGA Invitational Lecture: TBC
Speaker: TBC

JOINT MEETING with British Geotechnical Association
Wednesday 16th October 2019

Tea/Coffee Available from 17:30

Lecture Start: 18:00

Location: One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

Flyer: TBC

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